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Meet Our Staff

The staff listed below are, bar-none, the best in Kansas City.  Seriously Each one is passionate, knowledgeable and fully committed to making sure you are treated to the highest quality experience possible.  There’s not a baby, a diva or a whiner among ’em.
They’re pretty too…  just look at ’em.

The ‘Main Dish’ posed this question to each staff member – “What food item best describes you, and why?” See their answers below…

Laura Laiben

Laura
Laiben

The Main Dish
“I would be an Oscar Meyer weiner.
You know why.”

Amalia Aragon

Amalia
Aragon

Wizard
Amalia is busy doing her magic and hasn’t contemplated which food she is yet…

Bruce Campbell

Bruce Campbell

Key Ingredient
“Champagne… sparkling, effervescent, acidic, works well w/other ingredients & gets the party started!”

Brooke Dechant

Brooke
Dechant

Class Facilitator
“I’d be a taco. Classic, delicious, small/portable, a total party food & pairs well with a margarita!”

Joan DeCoursey

Joan
DeCoursey

Gadget Guru
“I could be a strawberry… because I’m nice and sweet (but sometimes I am tart!)”

Claudia Diosdado

Claudia
Diosdado

Waitstaff
“I suppose maybe I’d be an onion. There are many layers to me.”

Annette Elliott

Annette
Elliott

Bean Counter
“Sushi – it’s a rainbow of experiences (and watch out for the wasabi!)”

Priscilla Flores

Priscilla
Flores

Wizard
“I’d say I’m a Chocolate Truffle. You don’t always know what’s inside, but you know it’ll be good!”

Benjamin Gomez

Benjamin
Gomez

Wizard
Benjamin didn’t answer, so we’ll pick for him. We’ll pick Kale, because it’s a SUPERfood!

Erin Gustafson

Erin
Gustafson

Facilitator/Waitstaff
“I’d be a pineapple. They can be sweet, and they naturally have a crown on top!”

Larry Hadley

Larry
Hadley

The BBQ Dude
“I’d be a pork butt. Why? Hmmmm… I guess, I like my butt rubbed.”

Libby Hawkins

Libby
Hawkins

Key Ingredient
“A tall, tasty buttermilk biscuit to reflect my southern roots.”

Maggie Horn

Maggie
Horn

Bartender/Waitstaff
Maggie is busy tending bar… check back for her food choice!

Vicky Lara

Vicky
Lara

Chicana in Charge
“I would a jalapeño pepper ‘cuz they are spicy like me!”

Kay Maier

Kay
Maier

Class/Event Facilitator
“Fleur de sel, because it makes both savory & sweet taste fantastic.”

Lori McCabe

Lori
McCabe

Class Coordinator
“I’d be pizza… saucy, spicy and always invited to the party!”

Heather Minor

Heather
Minor

Concierge Culinario
“An egg. In the words of Oscar Wilde, “An egg is always an adventure: the next one may be different.””

Marti Palmer

Marti
Palmer

Brand Evangelist
“Chocolate, because the only thing better than a friend is a friend with chocolate.”

Lynne Parker

Lynne
Parker

Missing Ingredient
“Wine.  It disappears when added, but makes any dish irresistible.”

Jill Garcia Schmidt

Jill Garcia
Schmidt

Executive Chef
“I’d be bacon,
because… BACON!”

Kim Stewart

Kim
Stewart

Class Facilitator
“I could be an artichoke. It may appear prickly on the outside sometimes, but it has a sweet heart.”

Laura 'Elle T' Thomsen

Elle t
Thomsen

Goddess of Good Eats
“Rhubarb Pie… because maybe things aren’t as bad as you thought.”

Mimsy Tallent

Mimsy
Tallent

Events Manager
“I’d be an Almond Joy. Sometimes I feel like a nut, sometimes I don’t.”

Rachel Weir

Rachel
Weir

Kitchen Shop Curator
“Carrot – there’s more than meets the eye. Dig deep for a sweet surprise.”